Gloria Allred

High-profile attorney Gloria Allred is a partner in the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, a Los Angeles based firm. She has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women's rights and rights for minorities who are discriminated against on account of their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or physical condition. 

An active feminist, Ms. Allred founded and is currently serving as President of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF). Recently she was selected by USA Today as one of the 25 most important radio talk show hosts in America. She has also been nominated for an "Emmy" three times for her television commentaries on KABC-TV. 

In 1985, Ms. Allred was awarded the President's Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers. In 1986 she received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her "exceptional record of achievement" and a commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley "for her many outstanding contributions to the justice system." 

In June 1986, at a White House Luncheon, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the "1986 President's Volunteer Action Award" for outstanding volunteerism for her development of an innovative child support amnesty program in California. 

She is also the only individual in the nation to win the 1986 Public Service Award from the National Association of Federal Investigators, and Gloria was voted one of 1987's "Best Lawyers in America" by lawyers who won that honor in 1986. She again received this honor by being chosen again by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America in 1991. 

Allred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. from New York University and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. She was also awarded an Honorary J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. In addition to being an attorney, Ms. Allred has held California life credentials in secondary school education and supervision. She taught in public schools for six -and-one-half years, and was also a lecturer at the University of Southern California for several years. 

Allred won the right for a custodial parent to move away with the children after a divorce, and obtaining damages for an HIV-positive person denied a pedicure. 

With 20 years' experience working on groundbreaking civil rights cases, her firm's taken on more womens' rights cases than any other in the nation. "We've earned the trust of many women, and we win cases."